Say hello to the Xperia XZ Premium that ticks just about every box on the list when it comes to flagship devices. The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is a beautiful device in that rounded, slab-like way Sony loves and comes in two distinct finishes, the Luminous Chrome color which is basically a mirror and the darker option, Deepsea Black, which has a subtle hint of blue in there. Both of the finishes are very glossy and are major fingerprint magnets.
The XZ Premium has the world’s first 4K HDR (2,160 x 3,840, High Dynamic Range) display in a smartphone — it’s the most desirable new tech combo for TVs, and Sony has somehow crammed it into a mobile device. Sony also has a partnership with Amazon for 4K HDR content, and the HDR element truly does wonderful things for color reproduction.
Beside the brilliant display, Sony’s new flagship phone also has a new camera system called Motion Eye. The curious thing with this setup is that Sony has embedded fast memory right into the camera stack, allowing it to produce another world first for phones: super-slow motion of 960fps at 720p resolution. This rapid burst lasts for only 0.18 seconds, so technically you’re only capturing something closer to 180 frames, but the effect is still quite compelling when stretched out to a regular 30fps. Sony is bringing back the tried and trusted triple-sensor system. There is the laser AF, an RGBC infrared sensor for adjusting white balance on the fly, and an updated ExmorRS image sensor with a resolution of 19 megapixels.
Other notable features include water resistance, rated to IP65 and IP68, a thinner profile at 7.9mm, and MicroSD storage expandability. The phone’s battery is a reasonable 3,230mAh, and there’s a fingerprint sensor integrated into the side-mounted power button as usual.
Sony hasn’t yet said how much the XZ Premium will cost at launch. The XZ will be available in two models: the more affordable XZs with a 1080p screen and slightly slower processor that will ship in April; and the more expensive XZ Premium with its 4K screen and slightly faster processor that arrives this Spring. Both versions use the same impressive camera.